Christian Tomuschat

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Christian Tomuschat (born July 23, 1936 in Stettin ) is a professor emeritus for public law , international and European law at the Humboldt University in Berlin , as well as a former member of the UN Human Rights Committee and the UN International Law Commission .


After graduating from high school in 1955, Christian Tomuschat studied law in Heidelberg and Montpellier from 1955 to 1959 , received his doctorate in 1964 and completed his habilitation in 1970. From 1972 to 1995 he held the chair for public law, in particular international law, at the University of Bonn .

He was a member of the UN Human Rights Committee under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights from 1977 to 1986. From 1985 to 1996 he was a member of the UN International Law Commission (chairman in 1992).

In 1997 he took over the chairmanship of the UN Truth Commission Comisión para el Esclarecimiento Histórico (CEH), which, after the peace agreement between the government of Guatemala and the guerrilla movement in December 1996, began its work to investigate human rights violations in the civil war in Guatemala and published its final report on 25. February 1999.

He has been a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences since 1995 and an honorary doctorate from the Law Faculty of the University of Zurich since April 2003 . Since April 1995 he has held the chair for public law , international and European law at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

He is also a supporter of the Center against Expulsions initiated by Peter Glotz and Erika Steinbach .

Among other things, he made a name for himself with his reports on the compensation of Italian forced laborers and the (unexplained) murders of unionists at the Daimler Benz plant in González Catán (Argentina).

In May 2006 he was accepted into the Order Pour le mérite for Science and the Arts . In October 2007 he was awarded the Grand Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany with a star . In 2012 he received the Ludwig Quidde Prize from the German Foundation for Peace Research .

In December 2008, when Germany sought a case against Italy before the International Court of Justice, Tomuschat was appointed 'co-agent' representing Germany. The case deals with Italy's violation of the principle of state immunity when its Supreme Court allowed civil claims of former Italian victims of Nazi crimes in Italian courts.

In June 2010 Christian Tomuschat was appointed head of the UNHCR mission to review the implementation of the Goldstone Report . He is a member of the Presidium of the German Society for the United Nations .

In June 2013 he became Vice Chancellor of the Pour le Mérite Order for Sciences and Arts. In 2013 he was elected President of the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration within the OSCE for six years.

In September 2019 he was one of about 100 constitutional law teachers who, with the open appeal for the right to vote, Downsized the Bundestag! turned to the German Bundestag .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. People by our side
  2. ^ Ludwig Quidde Prize at the Ludwig Quidde Foundation (; Retrieved May 23, 2013
  3. Archive link ( Memento from May 12, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  4. ^ Tovah Lazaroff: UN appoints Goldstone monitoring c'tee , Jerusalem Post online, June 15, 2010
  5. ^ DGVN Presidium
  7. Call for the right to vote: "Verkleinert den Bundestag" , open letter from September 20, 2019 in Die Welt .